Synopsis: In "1944" Director Elmo Nyuganena portrays the real events on the Eastern Front in Estonia in 1944, from the Battle Of Tannenburg Line, the July fighting on the Sinimäed Hills, until November, when the Sorve peninsula was already conquered by the Soviet Army. The war is shown through the eyes of participants in the events on both warring sides - the Estonians who fought on the side of the German Army in the 20th Estonian division Waffen-SS, and as part of the 8th Estonian Rifle Corps of the Soviet Army. For residents of Estonia it was a war in which everyone makes their own choices. It is with such hard choices facing the main characters of the film - the soldiers of the opposing sides Carl Tammik and Urey Jogi - as well as their comrades, relatives, friends and even strangers.
Genre: Drama, History, War
Director(s): Elmo Nüganen
Production: Taska Films
  2 wins & 5 nominations.
100 min

1939., USSR and Germany concluded

nonaggression pact.

After only a week ago started

the Second World War.

1940, the Soviet Union annexed Estonia.

55000 Estonian citizens were mobilized

the Red Army.

1941 ve years, Germany is occupied Estonia.

72000 Estonian citizens were mobilized

the German armed forces.

In 1944, the Soviet army

appeared on the borders of Estonia.

The gate was open.

In the courtyard stood a truck.

Father, mother and Kadri was made ??into a truck.

As it's the most normal thing in the world.

27 th July

Line Sinimad-Tannenberg

What happened to them?

They sent them to Siberia.

Could not you have something to preduzme?

-Treci Online! Saaresto on the phone!

Twentieth Estonian division Waffen-SS.

47-mi Regiment, Third Battalion,

Ninth armies, the third line ...

They captured the Children's hill.

The third line ...


The line went dead!

Tamika, back!


The third line ...

I get it!

We will make such a task!

Let's go!


How are you?

I'm fine.

Let's go!

Three years have passed.

Three years and 43 days

I can not help feeling that I

I was to blame for everything that happened to them.

I try to remember

their faces, movements, voice ...

Memories of them slowly fade

and my guilt is increasing day by day.

This is my cross,

and I'll have to wear it for life.


Infantry at 800 meters from us!

That's why you're here?



Bring the ammo!



Sjajnas, over here!

Pir, come on!

Radik, cover us!

I got him!


Are you from the same village?

We did not.

Talu chosen me to be his assistant.


Who are you two?

-SS Rows Kjaer.

Hit the deck!

Leave it!




They promised to send 10 and only two in.

And the twins.

What is your name?

-Skin. - Anton.

Karl Tamika.



I immediately noticed that his face.


I arrived this spring.

Sjajnas, a paramedic.

Kamenski, snipers.

Powder, commander of the department.

Pir, only that.

Saaresto is our commander.

Taking care of you as Jesus.

These rods will not serve anything on the front.

Put it there!

And a gas mask, you can throw it away.

Now here you can put something

what is more necessary.

Letters of girls, tobacco, condoms ...

Sit down!

Take this!

This is a reliable weapon.

In the First World War were fought

my two brothers.

Both were killed by the same missile.

Horrible smells.


We can not bury them until the shooting outside.

This goes here.

Needs an assistant to me.

I will.

Can I do.

Radik, show him the position!

Let's go!

I will look at it.

The machine gun was always the first to be affected.

Then take me.

I promised my mother I'd take care of his brother.

I'm older than him.

How much?

Half an hour.

You'll be my assistant.

I want you and me.

Next time.

This put here ...

You're all I have left.

It's not easy to admit

I'm hiding from you

the real truth.

After the deportation of parents

I walked as in a dream.

I saw only one way out:

On the front.

You made ??me discouraged ...

Who do you keep writing?

The girl?


What is wrong with you?

I can not sleep.

The boys first day on the front line

and you're talking about their tales.

It is a strange feeling.

As if I knew them.

It's like ... I see myself in their place.

Nasty feeling.

Hands in the air!

I forgot to take off the lid.

Saaresto ordered to wake the boys.

The Russians entered the adjacent trench.

Do not you hear?

You're a lucky man.

Here we are, here Russians.

Here are our trapped.

Eighth troop attacks here.

We charge here.

Here is a minefield.

There is a passage. It is used

to force the Russians into a trap.

Any questions?

How many Russians there?

Well, there's a little something.

July 28

The first mine is about 10 meters.

Keep up that tree.

Do not shoot!

We Estonians!

Put your head down!

The Russians are!

Where is your commander?

Died in combat is.

We are from Nordlandske Division.

How many are you?

-4 Soldiers and two machine guns.

Oberarfirer (rank in the German army) Saaresto.

Taking command.

We will attack with your position.

Giving fire!

I get it!

We have some more ammunition?

We do not have.

We start at exactly 4:00 in the morning.

Got it!

Thank you. What's your name?


Me too.

I am Charlemagne.

Then I called Karl-XXII.

I'm Karl Madsen of Roskilde.

It is 30 kilometers from Copenhagen.

Karl Tamika. On the farm Tamika.

Three kilometers from Vinimajzea.

The Germans!

The Germans, the Germans in the trenches!

Let's go, or we're done!


Dragging quickly!

Get down!


Are you okay?

Powder, blow the door!

15 seconds!

Sjajnas, Pyrrhus was wounded!

They ran to the other exit.

Do not shoot! Do not shoot, we surrender!

Do not shoot ...

18th August


Hi, guys!

I see here a wash.

There can be war.

Estonian soldiers.

Fuhrer pointed our people a lot of confidence.

He confided in us is the most difficult task:

Tanenburku line.

And we, the local Estonian authorities,

do not sit idly by.

After years of research

We have proved that we belong

Aryan race.

It is an indisputable fact.

Under the auspices of the Greater German state

bright future awaits us

in a joint family and European nations.

Heil Hitler!

I do not think so.


Heil Hitler!

I thought we'd get Gvozd one baptism and not this.

What do I do with this?

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Leo Kunnas

Leo Kunnas (born November 14, 1967) is an Estonian former military officer and a science fiction writer. Kunnas was born in Kliima village, Võru Parish. After graduating from the Finnish National Defence Academy 1994, Kunnas was the commander of the Defence Forces Battle School (Meegomäe, Võru). He was also the first commander of the Estonian Military Academy 1997-1999 (located in Tallinn at that time).In 2003-2007, he was the chief of the Department of Operations (J3) of the Estonian Defence Forces General Staff, holding the rank of Lieutenant colonel. After graduating from US National Defence University (Norfolk, Virginia) he served 2005 as a staff officer in Operation Iraqi Freedom in MND-Baghdad 3.BCT.Kunnas resigned from active duty in autumn 2007. The reason for his resignation was the issue of change of Estonian constitution proposed to the parliament by President Toomas Hendrik Ilves.After his resignation, he has defended the following views in numerous articles: Changing the Estonian Constitution would be a serious mistake. Abolishing the President's role as Supreme Commander of the Defence Forces and giving the role to the Minister of Defense is dangerous. This change would not serve the civilian control over the Estonian Defence Forces, but would give the MOD officials unlimited power over the Estonian Defence Forces and would politicize the officers' and NCO corps. Estonia should be ready to defend herself with a well-trained reserve-based army inside the NATO framework. The weak point of Estonian NATO membership is the lack of any military plans to defend the Baltics, which means that albeit help will eventually come (he is not arguing over Article 5), Estonia would be occupied without credible self-defence. He is referring to the 2003 RAND research, The Baltic States and NATO Membership. Russia is the most serious geopolitical factor for Estonian security which will not be forgotten in defence planning. He argues that Estonia should plan for the worst-case scenario, and this is the reason for the rise in the Estonian reserve component up to 40,000 reservists (the wartime operational structure is currently at around 16,000). The Estonian MOD has done nothing to develop the credible self-defence capability and is focusing only on international missions.The reaction from the Estonian society and government circles is dualistic in nature. On the one hand, Lt. Gen (Ret.) Johannes Kert thinks that Leo Kunnas is one of the very few people in Estonia who has analytical and very clear vision of the Estonian defence issues. Estonian MOD officials (and especially ex-minister of defence Jürgen Ligi) are strongly against Kunnas' views. more…

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